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             December 2014 Report

SM: Charles Hardy, WV8CH; ASM: K8WV; ACC: N8NH;

  Please come out and support your Amateur Radio council. All WV AMATEURS are members of the WVSARC – come to the meeting and support the ARRL WV Convention. 

ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE on activities and actions in the amateur community, visit .  Lots of drop boxes – enjoy surfing and searching the site.  Support ARRL in WV – join.

  Many of you have worked very hard to keep your clubs active and assisted during severe weather events, and of course, participated in the Hamfests throughout the years.  Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.


WV AMATEUR RADIO CLUBs –Thanks to the several clubs for updating the WVSARC Club list.   Should you have an Amateur Radio Club you would like to list, just visit and click on the Add or Edit your Club Link
Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM, Net Manager for the WV ARES®/RACES Emergency Net will be accepting volunteers for the 2015 monthly Net Control positions – The Net Control position would take about ½ hour one evening a month (1st  Thursday following the 6:00 PM WV Fone Net on 3810). Should you be interested in becoming a Net Control, contact 
Dan Ringer, K8WV, ARRL WV Section ASM:
Should you have a question related to amateur radio and ARRL, just contact Dan at

Keith Richmond, W8KER, ARRL WV Section OOC:
WV OO December activity – Three (3) OO’s reporting and a total of 104 hours monitoring and no (0) notices sent. If you are Interested in becoming an OO you may contact Keith at

Bill Hunter, K8BS, ARRL WV Section SGL:
State Government Liaison providing support with the State OES.


Dirk Burnside, WD8PAD, ARRL WV STM:
Should you have a technical problem, just contact Dirk for assistance at
ARRL ACTIVITIES: The ARRL letter will be posted each Friday.
ARRL Letter  also available on Audio News 
W1AW General, DX, Keplerian, Propagation Bulletins
W1AW   Schedule
Visit the  website for ARES® and related information.
FEMA online independent study course that presents the concepts of Emergency
Support Function #2-Communications Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
Database – Is your MAILING ADDRESS AND NAME current in the FCC database

There seems to be an influx of new “Hams and Upgrades”, see lists below.  Please try to Elmer and support those new to the “hobby”.

WV NEW AMATEURS for December 2014 "Welcome To " William M Mcgrew, KD8ZZQ; Sean M Walsh, KE8ABW; Harrison M Roach, KE8ABK; Danny H Plumley, KD8ZZR; Eric J Vititoe, KE8ABJNicole L Brown, KE8AAF; Caitin W Campbell, KE8ABU and Doris J Hanshaw, KD8ZZS;                  

 WV Amateur Upgrades for December 2014 "CONGRATULATIONS TO" George L Montgomery, KD8USW; James R Barry, KD8YWF; and Bradley S Gloyd, KD8UWM .

Be sure to Congratulate them the next time you see them or hear them on the air. 

WV ARRL MEMBER (New/Renew) –December 2014 – “WELCOME TO" George E Murphy, KD8ZTI; Frederick C Vickers, WV8FV; Rebecca Thompson, K8BT; Cassandra G Grewe, KD8WCI; Paul E Bartle, KC8LJG; Ollie M Tregoning, AA3UU, John L Petersen, WQ0J; Brian D Moffat, N1HZ; Michael S Metz, KD8SDU; Roger L Mc Cormick, KI8DU; James E Stephen, KD8QGS; Michael S Lucas, KD8LXK;  Kevin L Buskirk, KB8PWZ; Keith L Dobbins, KC8RFW; Matthew D Greathouse, N8MDG; Mark W Teter, KD8IBY; Michael Canfield, WV0EMS; Larry A Lee, N8BL; and Curtis R Wood, KD8VMG.


Matt Gregg,KD8OMT ARRL WV Section Emergency Coordinator: December 2014 Report See ARES® Reports below. Interested in public service and emergency communications, join the ARRL and subscribe to the ARES® E-Letter at and for NON-members

Total number of ARES members:101   Change since last month:

Number of drills, tests and training sessions reported this month: 45 Person hours  72

Number of public service events reported this month: 4  Person hours 44

Number of emergency operations reported this month: 0  Person hours 0

Number of ARES operations reported this Month:  0 Total Person hours  0

WV SEC Matt Gregg  I have sent out emails to the folks who hold the Emergency Coordinator spot that has not sent in reports in some time. I am giving folks a few days to report back to me. If I don't hear back from them via email or phone call I will send letter via USPS to them to get them reporting. We have several openings in the state for Emergency Coordinators and I am looking for volunteers for those counties.

  • Raleigh County – Nothing to report.
  • Marshall County - We are now Starting N.J. /N.B.E.M.S. on Sunday for the Month. P.A/ N.B.E.M.S. Pa. Every Sunday for the Month AND N.Y. / N.B.E.M.S. Every Saturday. Marshall County A.R.E.S. Repeater System. 146.715 Moundsville, 146.910 McMechen 444.875 St. Joseph. 
  • Mason County – All is normal operations in Mason County. Found out from Yaesu we will be getting a new Yaesu System Fusion repeater and this will eventually be a 2nd repeater in the county and will be linked to our current UHF repeater in Letart, WV. We are a few weeks out form having a packet node up and running on the WV DAREN system. We have been working with the Y2J water system in Point Pleasant about adding a UHF antenna to one of their towers for the 2nd repeater and talks are going well. We have moved from Olivia 8-500 to MT63 for our weekly digital nets on 2 meter simplex and it seems to be going very well.
  • Hancock County – Nothing to report
  • Boone County – Nothing to report
  • Morgan County – Nothing to report
  • Kanawha County – Had monthly meeting, went well. Got people caught up on background and finger print checks for Metro 911. Talked to Charleston Weather about working with them. Also contacted the WV Fusion Center about supporting them.        
  • Gilmer County – Nothing to report
  • Jefferson County –  December 3rd -WV Hospital Association Regions 8 & 9 - Functional Exercise The hospitals in these Regions are interested in exploring an ARES aspect to their Emergency Preparedness. They would like to incorporate ARES into their 2015 plan and exercise. Berkeley County also participated. Morgan County (Larry) was contacted but not available on the day of the exercise to participate. 3 people in Jefferson County - 24 man hours total
    During this exercise contact was made from the Jefferson County EOC to: Keyser Repeater 147.390 N8RCG Berkeley Springs Repeater 146.745 KK3L Martinsburg Repeater 147.255 WB8YZV Bluemont Repeater 147.300 WA4TSC
    December 16th - WV Region III Cold As Ice exercise After Action Review was held as well as the Initial Planning Session for the 2015 Exercise to be held in September. All counties present are interested in exercising their ARES response in 2015. 1 person for Jefferson County - 12 man hours.
    Each Sunday evening in December the ARES net meets.
  • Wood County -  reported that on December 2nd, WCEC and WC ARES held their monthly meeting at the Lubeck Community Building. Since it was their last meeting of the year, and most of their activities were done, the group used the time to fellowship at the meeting for the holidays. The group held their annual Christmas Dinner. The WCEC organization paid for ham, turkey, and the soda. Everyone brought a covered dish, with food in them, to share. Dinner was served at 6pm. A VERY business meeting followed. Terry made a motion for a pillow and blanket, but the motion didn’t carry. The majority of the regular agenda was held until the January meeting. There were 30 ARES members present. On December 6th, WCEC and WC ARES participated in Christmas parades in Vienna and Parkersburg, WV. Bill, (N8JXO) generously donated his vehicle and trailer for group to decorate. Outfitted with lights, tinsel and garland, the group hung their WCEC, ARES, and DAREN banners on the sides of the trailer. There was a setup of several radios with a PA amp and speakers, and found an active frequency. The received audio was broadcasted over the PA system for the crowd to hear. It was very cold and rainy but the group had a great time. Two young amateurs, Colt (KD8UAC) and Kymber (KD8UQR) helped throw the candy to the bystanders. There were 12 ARES members present.
  • Pleasants County & DEC District 3 - reported that along with the activities that Terry, KC8TUE, EC Wood County, reported, that on December 10th, he and three other ARES members, Bill, N8JXO, Mike, KD8VLL, and Terry, KC8TUE, attended the Washington County, OH, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting held in Marietta OH. A few months before, Ken was asked to give a presentation about Amateur Radio. There were several questions that were asked before the meeting broke. Ken said that he has been putting together a 2 Meter transmitter for the purpose of broadcasting CW transmissions for those wanting to learn Morse Code. The transmitter, on 145.63 MHz, has been on the air 24 hours a day, since November 1st. It has been beaconing out information of where to contact him in case the transmitter was causing any interference. Since there have been not reports, Ken is planning to start transmitting CW Practice tapes on January 1st. Those Amateurs with Hand Held radios, and non-Amateurs, with other radios or scanners should be able to hear the transmissions anywhere in Wood County. For the time being, the CW classes will operate from 7pm to 9pm, on Monday through Friday. The schedule may change as he receives comments about the transmissions.
  • Tucker County –  All going well, had to cancel meeting but hope to have more going on next month.


Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM: December 2014 
See the ARRL WV Section NTS Net Reports, the Station Activity Reports (SAR) and the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) reports below. 

HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager 

WV Fone Net            827        102       714              31        W8YS                          WV Midday Net        614           32       733              31       W3GEG     WVCW Net Early                                                                 KD8G                                  WV CW Net Late                                                                 KD8G           EPTN                       144            9        350               19       KG4RRN  

WV ARES®/RACES 19             0         15                1         WV8CH   

Total                        1604      143      1812              82                 


ARES®/RACES                Stations    Traffic Time Minute Sessions                District 6 ARES®                    40            1           50                4                                              Total                                       40             1           50                4

2 Meter Nets               Stations Traffic Time/Minutes sessions         

BDARC  Net                       56        0             116            8                                          KARC Net                         102        0            160            4     

                  Total                158       0            276           12          

               Station Activity Report  (SAR) –December 2014 

Station           Orig    Rec   Sent    Del  Total                                                 KA8ZGY          2        0        2        0        4                                                   W8CPG           9      14      10        0       33                                                        W8YS              0      51        5        1       57                                               WD8DHC        0      28       65       1       94                                              WV8CH           2    103      41        5     151

Total:             13     196    319       7     339                                


                  Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) -December 2014

Station                       1       2       3       4       5       6       Total                  KA8ZGY                 16      4      20      25      0      10        75      W8CPG                  40     33     30       0       0        0      103

WD8DHC               40     40      10       0       0      0          90              WV8CH                  40     40      30     15       0    20        135                         Stations  = 4         136   117      90     40      0     30        303 ====================================================
Jeff Wood, N8NH, ARRL WV Section ACC
If you have any questions about clubs in your area please feel free to contact me at   73  Jeffrey Woods N8NH.
ARRL Affiliated Clubs –
Visit the ARRL Club site www.arrl/org
 to update your clubs ANNUAL REPORT.

ARRL Affiliated Clubs – Visit the ARRL Club site to update or

WV Clubs - Visit the ARRL Club site to become an ARRL Affiliated Club. 
ARRL VE Testing – Visit the ARRL Exams site for testing


***Please visit the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council (WVSARC)
website at  and update your
club/organization information and email address.    All WV Amateur Clubs
 are asked to register on the site...
*** Check out the above list of “New”, Upgrade WV Amateurs and ARRL
members for your club to contact as perspective members.
*** WV Club Newsletters – Does your club have a newsletter – please
send hardcopy or by email.

Should you need an update to the listing below, contact:

64 Repeater Group     Dwight D. Hensley, N8HZ, Barboursville, WV

Barbour County Area Amateur Radio Club

Black Diamond ARC /wv8bd/

Charleston Ham fest and Computer Show

Doddridge County Amateur Radio Society

East River Radio Club

Eastern Panhandle ARC

Jackson County ARC

Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club

Kanawha Amateur Radio Club

Logan County ARC 

Mon County Amateur Radio Club 

Monongalia Wireless Assn.

Mountain State Transmitters     Jeffrey A. Broschart, KC8OBS

Mountaineer ARA (contract Joe Radcliff, WD8EOG)

Opequon Radio Society

Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub

Plateau Amateur Radio Assn

Ritchie Amateur Group

Southern WV ARA, Inc

Stonewall Jackson ARA

Tri-County Ham Radio Club 

Tri-State Amateur Radio Assn.  

West Virginia Amateur Radio

West Virginia DX Assn.                            

West Virginia University ARC

WV State Amateur Radio Council

WV Wesley College ARC


WV HF Nets Name                 Day(s)   Time (local)   Freq. (MHz)    Mgr.

West Virginia CW Early Net    Daily        1900              3.567          KD8G

West Virginia Fone Net              Daily     1800              3.810          W8YS

West Virginia CW Late Net     Daily         2200             3.567          KD8G

WV ARES/RACES Emg.Net  1stThurs .   1830            3.810       WV8CH

West Virginia Mid Day Net      Daily        1145     7.235 / 3.810      W3GEG

Triple States ARES CW Net     Wed.        1846            28.480         KF8RL

TSARC 10 meter Phone Net     Wed.        1930            28.480        N8FQN

TSARC 40 meter Net                Wed.        2000             7.260         K8UGO


WV VHF Nets    Day(s)  Time       Freq. (MHz)        Coverage         Mgr.

8 Rivers ARC      Tu       2100    145.110 T107.2   Pocah. Co. +   KC8CSE

BDARC             Fr/Tu    2100      145.370 T 100.0 Raleigh Co. +  kb8que 

Barbour Co ARES  Th   2100    145.140-           Barbour Co.     KC8MLK

Cabell Co ARES    M       2030  146.760-/443.850 Hunt/KY/OH   KB8LSR

Eastern Pan.Trfi M-F     1845     147.255+    Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. KG4RRN

Fayette Co. ARES®  2,4 Th  2030     146.790-   Fayette.Co +     WV8CH

Gilmer Co.  ARES®     Th       1900     145.290-   Central WV      KA8ZXP

Harrison Co. ARES®  Th       1900     146.685- North Central WV      WJ8G

Jefferson Co ARES®  Su    2030     147.255+        Jefferson Co.

KARC 2mtr        Su       2030    145.350-      Kanawha Co. +       N8TMW

MountainStateFM  Sat   2100   145.370        Tucker Co./adj.      KD8HJN

Northern WV ARES®  W      2030     145.300-      Northern WV         KB8QIR

Ohio Co ARES®   Su      2000     146.760-       Ohio Co.                KC8CR

Pendleton Co ARES®/R Th   1900      147.285+   Eastern WV      N8HON

PioneerARA2mtr T      1900      146.835-      Central WV         KB8EUN

PlateauARA2mtr  Su    2100     146.790-       Fayette.Co +       WV8CH

Steuben.Weirton   Su    2000     147.060+    North WV/E OH     W8DYF

SWJARC 2mtr     T      1900      147.210+    North Central WV N8FMD

TSARC News Net F     2000      146.910-     North. Panhdl.          K8AN

TSARC Skywarn  T     1915      146.910-     North. Panhdl     WD8PQG

Tyler Co ARES® Org. M    2100      147.360+    Tyler Co. +     KB8TIV

Wayne Co ARES  M    2100      147.390+    Louisa,KY/WV   KC8ICK

WV East Reg ARES®S M   2000       147.255+  Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. K8WXI

Michael Erwin, KD8MRU, ARRL WV Section PIC:
Please contact Michael at  should you have questions related to Public Information processes and/or  advertising upcoming events.



 ARRL West Virginia Section
Section Manager: Mr. Charles L Hardy Jr, WV8CH


West Virginia Officials